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The top 10 new pubs in Toronto

New pubs established themselves across Toronto in the past year. These destinations for drinking and dining offer cozy vibes, craft brews, and hearty comfort foods that make them feel like a home away from home. Toronto's pub scene only gets better over time.

Here are my picks for the top new pubs in Toronto.

Bar Hop Brewco
The two storey brewpub on Peter Street represents loads of local craft brewers with 36 beers on tap and a rotating selection of casks. To eat, there's a menu from chef Mark Cutrara featuring atypical bar snacks like chicharron in ranch seasoning, roasted pig's head nachos, and whole roasted branzino tacos.

Old Laurel
Davy Love, the heart and soul behind The Bristol Yard, and more recently The Bristol, branched off on his own this year to open this two-floor College Street pub that deals in hearty English eats like traditional breakfasts. It's a great place to catch the morning broadcasts of European football.

Lansdowne Brewery
The microbrewery and brewpub on Lansdowne between Dundas and College forgoes the old-timey pub vibe in favour of a contemporary, but still comfy setting. Look forward to beer-friendly foods like pickled eggs, deep fried pickles, and burgers.

Queen St. Warehouse
Dubbed a premium dive bar, this outpost from the El Furniture Warehouse family opened on Queen West earlier this year. Highlights include a menu of pub grub priced at a steady $4.95, along with similarly priced shooters, pints starting at $5.75, and cocktails like the Red Eye Corona ($11.50), which features an upside-down bottle of cerveza presented inside in a spicy Caesar.

The Craft Brasserie
This massive beer hall in Liberty Village boasts over 100 beers on tap along with a menu of pub standards with a twist. Not sure where to start? Try a flight of 5 oz beers and knock back a couple orders of galbi smoked wings, asada fries, and adobo short ribs.

Refinery Public House
Situated on Lakeshore West, this Etobicoke watering hole deals in beer, wine and spirits accompanied by a menu featuring skillet nachos, maple poutine, and pan seared pierogi. In addition to the food and drinks, look forward to live music, trivia, and student discount nights.

The Thirsty Duck
This public house in Leslieville styled after a Halifax bar might be new, but inside it feels reassuringly worn in. The menu will satisfy nostalgic cravings of east coast transplants with dishes like shrimp toast, donairs, and deep fried pepperoni.

The Wickson Social
The owners of The Oxley and The Queen and Beaver introduced this neighbourhood gem recently. Menus for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch include a roster of comfort foods like slow roasted lamb with curried aioli and a hand chopped burger.

Dominion Pub & Kitchen
The newest local in Corktown is this reinstated pub on Queen East. Behind the bar you'll find two dozen taps pulling craft beers as well as over 20 bottled brews to be enjoyed with a menu of pub standards including wings, nachos, pub pies, and more.

The Grover
The pub in the Upper Beaches has been around since 1982, but new management took over this year and revamped everything about it. Now sporting a new look, new staff and new menu, the neighbourhood local is as good as new.

Photo of Bar Hop Brewco.

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